At the ACS Texas State tourney, a fellow female player had just won a spot in the hotseat match!
I didn't know who she was, or where she was from and honestly I had never seen her before.
But, I could tell she was new and in unfamiliar territory.
She would lose that match, tho, even though you could tell she was fighting with nerves.
She would then lose her very next match, which meant she placed 3rd overall in the singles.
After the match, I went up to her.
I leaned down (she was sitting down) and I told her that she played well and how happy I was for her.
She was very upset, though, and I was not helping. But I thought it was important to tell her how well she did in the tourney and how good she played. But I admit my timing wasn't good at all.
I gave her a quick hug and went on my way. I knew if I hugged her any longer, the tears would be greater and I didn't want her to show her upsetness any more than she had to.
The next day during teams, she sees me and stops me.
"Hi there," I said
"I want you to know how much it meant to me that you said all those nice things to me yesterday. I'm sorry I wasn't more receptive, I was just upset," she shared
"I know, I could tell, that's why I didn't hug you longer," I giggled.
"Although I could barely speak yesterday, I want you to know it really meant a lot to me. And, thank you."
"Oh, you are very welcome. You deserved it - you played well!"
She smiled with happiness and I think it meant a lot to her to finally be able to speak and say thank you.